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RATINGS: 1115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
12oz bottle. red brown color with amber hues and an off white head that quickly disperses. big california hop aroma. loads of citrusy hops and a touch of caramel. pineapple, mango, potpourri, and floral hops. like a red ale calirfornia style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wihlan (342) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Flaska från systemet - maltig doft, lite mörkare och något grumlig. Komplex maltig smak och en fyllig kropp.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Really nice, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced and not too hoppy or bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 2, 2007
Clear dark amber with good rich head. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Hops dominate. Alcohol makes its presence right before the strong bitter finish. Medium to full body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a sam adams laser etched glass. Appearance: The creamy and thick 2 finger beige head looks amazing but I’m not digging the auburn color of this imperial red. I’d be much more attracted to a redder color such as that of green flash hop head red. Smell: A wonderful floral bouquet of hops! Not overbearing by any means but deliciously hypnotizing. Some underlying cascade hop grapefruit quality to it. Taste: An initial hop bitterness leads into a strong amount of sweet malt followed by a bitter finish. The malt isn’t as aggressive as the bitter hopping but its well defined none the less. Mouthfeel: Much to syrupy for my tastes. Decent amount of carbonation helps me to get it down but the mouthfeel is the least impressive feature of this brew so far. Drinkability: 3.5 because of my feelings about the mouthfeel. This is a delicious beer but its too syrupy and a bit too full bodied for me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-17-2008

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Not as strong or syrupy as i was expecting. A very nice hop scent and taste of hops, hay and celery with slight spices and a very fruity malty balance. Medium body with a crisp yet smooth palate. Finishes a bit flowery but not overwhelming. The finish could be longer and more pronounced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Very sticky. nice red color with a cool off white head. super sweet. made me want to put it on pancakes. tons of caramel and toffee with some oak backing. hops seemed a little in the back, probably an older bottle. nice rounded mouthfeel though. i wish lagunitas would put a bottle date on their labels.... the verdict: too sweet for me but nice enough!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
I really like this brew. It goes down so nice with Mexican. Good fruit on the nose, nice malt with terrific bitter hop finish. Great color too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
12oz bottle poured a clear light red color with a nice off white head. Aroma of hops, mild sweetness and a touch of roastiness. Flavor was nicley balanced with a smooth hop flavor that mellowed to an array of specialty malts

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
First off, this beer smells fantastic. Its got a very pleasant citrus with orange hints. I’m guessing amarillo aroma or dry hops, but I’ve been wrong before. Very malty and bitter, well balanced in its huge flavors. Its very similar to arrogant bastard, but less estery. This is another winner from Lagunitas as far as I’m concerned.


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